Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

For soccer fans in the United States today, there’s a triple header of games starting with Tottenham against Newcastle, followed by Sunderland vs Manchester City and then, last but not least, Manchester United versus Arsenal. And there’s also Swansea City against Stoke for the die-hards like me.

In team news for Arsenal, Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky were sent home due to sickness, so Thomas Vermaelen starts for the Gunners, while Mathieu Flamini returns to the starting eleven. Mikel Arteta and Serge Gnabry are also ill, but are included on the bench.

Starting line-ups:

Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Kagawa; Rooney, van Persie

Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Chicharito, Nani, Cleverley, Fellaini, Januzaj.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Ozil, Ramsey, Cazorla, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Monreal, Hayden, Gnabry, Wilshere, Bendtne


Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Pozuelo, Lamah, Routledge, Bon

Subs: Zabret, Amat, Taylor, Shelvey, Dyer, Canas, Vazquez

Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Huth, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Ireland, Palacios, Arnautovic; Crouch

Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Jones, Wilson, Adam, Assaidi, Etherington


Here’s today’s schedule:

Tottenham vs Newcastle, 7am, NBC Sports Network
Sunderland vs Man City, 9am, NBC Sports Network
Swansea vs Stoke, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
Man United vs Arsenal, 11am, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation with soccer fans around the world regarding the games being played in the comments section below.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

95 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread”

  1. what a Sunday triple DVR only live viewing.Spurs 3 Toon 1.Dust might be having a rise in his blood pressure with The BRAD in net.oh yeah FOREST won yeah baby!

    1. Yeah there you go. Forest safely ensconced they are within the potential promotion playoff zone. They will be up here before you know it.

  2. Glad that Spurs have finally admitted that the head knock to Lloris was indeed cause for concern. Does make AVB look bad though.

    Not sure what to make of the other changes to Spurs. Newcastle could win this as it may take time for the new Spurs lineup to get up to speed. I’ll go for a draw.

  3. It’s one of those mornings where I woke up at 3.30am and couldn’t go back to sleep. Lots of anticipation and nervous energy for a big day of English football.

  4. It never fails. When I take a player out of my Fantasy Premier League team, he scores (Remy). When I add one in (Lukaku), he gets nothing. I feel like Claudio ‘Tinker Man’ Ranieri.

  5. well deserved lead for Toon much the better side.the lack of production from Spurs is getting ridiculous.a lot of money for so few goals.

    1. Marc L
      I heard Dust when i saw The BRAD in net,and what he said was not nice.

      good luck to your boys should win but should have beat Cardiff and AV also.

      1. Yeah thanks!

        AV away was a more or less dominant performance that went awry in quite flukish fashion.

        But we newer beat Sunderland away. Just about ever. That crybaby party-boy tw@t Adam Johnson will do us in. I just know it.

  6. Oh FFS, Ferny not well enough to play today. Silva out, which we knew already.

    Drop in quality from Ferny to Javi Garcia is like 2x the drop from Lloris to the Brad.

    Alright then, off to practice my sulking! Enjoy the rest of your matchday, all!

  7. If Yaya or Fernandinho go down we’re screwed.
    Maybe we shouldnt have let the only other competent central midfielder we had go?

    Javi Garcia is awful and Rodwell nowhere to be found. And for some reason Milner only gets used out wide? (Maybe because Navas, strictly a forward, is useless in our archaic 4-4-2)

  8. I know everyone will be all over City after this… But Aguero took contact twice in the box in last 10 minutes and stayed on his feet both times. In an age where diving is so prevalent, it really is refreshing to see someone NOT go to ground.

  9. Congratulations to Sunderland on a well-deserved win. They parked the bus and stopped City from getting any clear-cut chances.

    1. Anyone who had both Newcastle and Sunderland winning today stand up… and then sit down again you liars! Could have made a mint if you did though. With. Does any other nation except maybe Spain have a better keeper situation than the Dutch with Vorm and Krul?

  10. Well City ain’t winning ^%$#-all this year. Not having LOST to two likely relegation sides already.

    Oh well, CL qualification should be attainable. I halfway think I should root for Arsenal in this match now, as I revert to the old “just want anyone other than you-know-who to win the league” mode.

    1. Until Pellegrini learns how to win away from home then City can’t be considered title contenders this season. They’ve got to shape up away really soon if they’ve got aspirations to 1st place but with Arsenal looking so strong at home and on the road I know where I’d put my money.

  11. Anyone else having buffering problems with NBC Sports Live Extra? I’m trying to watch Swansea-Stoke on my laptop, while United-Arsenal on TV.

  12. Robbie Earle – “we welcome our American viewers to the real Manchester United”. I wonder how long he has been waiting to say that line?

  13. if Moyes would go all in with Kagawa he would get more comfortable.the sooner he can get to the subconscious and not thinking is when his talent will show.

      1. Seriously? Completely outplayed and you blame the ref. For what exactly? Arsenal would not have scored if there had been another 45 minutes.

    1. United outplayed Arsenal across the entirety of the pitch. Moyes tactics certainly outshone Wenger. That was only United’s third clean sheet, and their first since the second week. Even more than that is that this is the first team to keep Arsenal from scoring. Moyes’ tactics and United’s effort kept Arsenal from being able to create much of anything.

  14. That was a statement game for Arsenal. The statement is they are not ready. The decision to sell RVP continues to haunt Wenger.

  15. What an ending to the Swansea-Stoke game. Another controversial penalty for Stoke to equalize in injury time.

    Swansea will feel hard done given they fell behind 2-0 at the half and thought they had won it with 3 goals in the 2nd half and they were terrific in that time.

  16. Great win by United, on a huge stage. That said I wouldn’t rush to say this means Arsenal aren’t ready. Only second loss and second time they failed to score this season. No one else in the Prem can say that. Let’s not forget they beat the second best team in England a week ago and went into Dortmund and came out with a win at midweek. They were just not as good as United today, that’s it.

      1. That doesn’t make any sense. If someone has the superior tactic and someone else outplays them then their tactic wasn’t superior, it was inferior.

  17. Brutal…the last time a team had 14 shots on target and lost was 2005/6 season.

    Krul was unbelievable today, everything he went for he got. Soldado’s cute little header in the top corner..boom krul was there… Eriksen 6 yards out, Paulinho 7 yards out, kaboom 1 yard out.

    Insane…31 chances 14 on target ALL SAVED lol what is that?

    And yes we had freezal in goal…who wouldn’t know how to keep a clean sheet if he spent a month in training at a dry cleaners.

    The first 15 mins and entire second half we were relentless. Players have to convert tho, nothing wrong with the tactics, it’s on the players.

    Damn intl break is a hex!! We could have used mariner at the lane

  18. A friend sent me a text at 2-0 up saying simply, Super Stoke. My response was simply that we’d need at least 2 more goals as we cannot hold onto a lead.

    The players look unfit and ill disciplined, I can’t see beyond 17th at best. I suppose 3-3 is better than our usual 2-0 defeat at The Liberty.

    It seems that the local Swans fans didn’t take the late goal well, stewards threatening Stoke fans and Stoke supporters coaches being attacked and pelted with bricks on the way out of Swansea. Not that much different from my visit to The Vetchfield, except that we received that treatment on the way to that game!

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